The Commission recently invited proposals for increasing airport capacity in the south east of England. Among the responses were two for an airport at Steventon, near Abingdon.
It was tempting to ignore these suggestions as just ridiculous nonsense, but stranger things have been known to come to pass! We have therefore responded to the consultation on the proposals, explaining that:
- The geographical and historical context of the local area has been ignored, risking undermining one of the country's vital centres of economic activity.
- The scale of population needed to service such an airport has been grossly underestimated, and the impacts of this have therefore also been overlooked.
- The proposals do not adequately reflect the significant damage that would be caused to the local landscape, including the likely impact on nearby Special Areas of Conservation and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
- Even at first glance it is clear that the transport issues and costs have been grossly underestimated.
We trust the Airport Commission will therefore dismiss the proposals without further consideration.
See our full response below.
Our neighbours, CPRE Northamptonshire, have also responded to the Commission on a similar proposal for an airport at RAF Croughton, close to both Banbury and Bicester.